State law requires citizens to notify the SCFC before burning yard debris. Find your county's toll-free burn notification number here.
Media seeking information about fires should contact Director of Communications Doug Wood at (803) 968-1576 or Public Information Coordinator Justin Holt at (803) 360-2231.
Emerald Ash Borer
SCFC unites with ArborGen on nursery operations

The South Carolina Forestry Commission has entered into a partnership with commercial forestry seedling provider ArborGen, which will provide management services to operate the agency’s 60-year-old tree nursery in Edgefield County. The collaboration represents a unique public-private partnership in which ArborGen will use Taylor Nursery as a production facility for its portfolio of seedling genetics while the Commission will retain ownership of the property. The facility and its seedlings will undergo a co-branding effort as part of the deal, and the Forestry Commission will determine seedling production goals – up to 5 million – for South Carolina landowners, who are eligible to receive discounts on orders up to 100,000 seedlings.
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March is Prescribed Fire Awareness Month!

Gov. Henry McMaster has proclaimed March 2018 Prescribed Fire Awareness Month in South Carolina. Prescribed, or controlled, burning is the skilled application of fire under planned weather and fuel conditions to achieve specific forest and land management objectives. Controlled burning is an ancient practice, notably used by Native Americans for crop management, insect and pest control, and hunting habitat improvement, among other purposes. While prescribed burning cannot stop all wildfires, it is the best management tool available for preventing larger and more frequent outbreaks.
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It's wildfire season... Think Before You Burn!

Late winter and early spring is prime time for wildfires in South Carolina. In the Palmetto State, more wildfires occur between January and April than at any other time of year. While lightning and other natural causes contribute to some of this uptick in fire activity, unfortunately most of our state's wildfires are started by humans. In fact, escaped debris burns are the number one cause of wildfires across most of the South and especially here in South Carolina. Please watch our educational video about making proper notification of debris burning AND taking the proper precautions to keep your fire contained.
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Emerald Ash Borer
Remember South Carolina’s state forests at tax time

The South Carolina Forestry Commission encourages citizens to make a charitable contribution to the SC State Forests Fund on their tax returns. Taxpayers have the opportunity to support the five state forests – Harbison, Manchester, Poe Creek, Sand Hills and Wee Tee – by making a check-off contribution on their state tax returns using Form I-330. The State Forests Fund check-off program has raised more than $94,000 in the seven years since its inception, with all of the money used to make improvements and repairs that directly benefit visitors and enhance their experience on state forest lands.
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Emerald ash borer detection prompts statewide quarantine for ash

The emerald ash borer, a beetle pest that has devastated ash trees throughout the eastern United States, was officially detected in Greenville, Oconee and Spartanburg counties in August 2017. According to a Clemson University press release, the beetles were found Aug. 3 during a routine check of Emerald Ash Borer traps and confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In response to the discovery of EAB in the Upstate, the State Crop Pest Commission has established a statewide quarantine for ash.
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Scott Phillips
SC Forestry Commission selects next State Forester

Scott Phillips was named the next State Forester today at a special meeting of the South Carolina Forestry Commission.
Phillips, the Rural Forestry Programs Manager with the Commission, will take office when current State Forester Gene Kodama, who has the third-longest tenure of his predecessors, steps down Jan. 2, 2018.
“We had an excellent and far-reaching pool of candidates, internal and external,” said Commission Chair Walt McPhail. “Scott is a top-notch forester who has both the technical knowledge and people skills to work with the diverse coalition of stakeholders we serve, the landowners growing our forests, the General Assembly, our natural resource partners and of course our statewide Forestry Commission team.”
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Campfires can now be prohibited during State Forester's Burning Bans

Gov. Henry McMaster recently signed into law House Bill 3719, adding campfires and other recreational fires to the list of activities that can be prohibited under a State Forester’s Burning Ban. The legislation also raises the fines levied on those convicted of violating the ban to up to $200 for first offenses and at least $500 for second and subsequent offenses. Previously, campfires, bonfires and open-fire cooking were conspicuous exceptions to the burning restriction imposed by such a ban, which the State Forester is given the authority by state law to declare in fire-, weather- and/or resource-related emergencies.
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Forestry has $21 billion impact on South Carolina’s economy

Forestry Commission officials announced the economic impact of the state’s forestry sector in grand fashion Wednesday, April 26, unveiling a large backdrop depicting the industry’s $21 billion contribution to the state’s economy.
The new economic impact figure, revealed in the findings of a Clemson University study commissioned by several forestry organizations, was disclosed at a press conference on the State House grounds as a part of “Forestry Day,” as proclaimed by Gov. McMaster. The occasion was also a celebration of the Forestry Commission’s 90th anniversary, which was founded nine decades ago to the day. A tree-planting ceremony on the State House grounds was held after the press conference.
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Economic Impact Analysis of SC's Forestry Sector, 2017 (pdf)

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